Shark’s fans now include actor Katie Holmes. Picture: Richard Dobson
Shark’s fans now include actor Katie Holmes. Picture: Richard Dobson

Pop sensation bites back with new song

AMY Shark slams the dozens of Australian music industry executives who rejected her for a decade with her new single I Said Hi.

There is going to be a whole lot of squirming from the gatekeepers who knocked back the Adore star when they hear the track which dropped today.

After winning Pop Work of the Year at the APRA Music Awards on Tuesday, Shark said I Said Hi was also about waking up every morning determined to fight for her dream of being a singer and songwriter on the world stage.

Amy Shark won Pop Work of the Year at the APRA Awards. Picture: Dylan Robinson
Amy Shark won Pop Work of the Year at the APRA Awards. Picture: Dylan Robinson


The title was inspired by her retort to her managers Jaddan and Rachael Comerford when they would tell her who they had set up meetings with to discuss her future. The same people who had knocked back her emails and calls.

"It felt like every day Jaddan would tell me 'I have a meeting with such and such', the same a ... hole to told me to stop emailing them," she said.

"I would tell him 'Tell them I said Hi'

"I didn't want the song to be a total bitch but I needed to release what I had sitting inside of me."

Since Adore blew up in Australia in 2016 and now the world with more than 34 million Spotify streams, Shark not only had labels bashing at her door but global superstars keen to work with her.

She has written with Lorde and Taylor Swift producer Jack Antonoff and Blink 182's Mark Hoppus.

Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus has written with Shark for her debut album. Picture: Instagram
Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus has written with Shark for her debut album. Picture: Instagram


She shakes her head when she jokes about the "random people I now have in my phone", including actor Katie Holmes who sought her out ahead of her recent gig in New York.

Shark said she thought it was a joke when a women she met claimed to be a close friend of Holmes and that the Dawson's Creek star was a big fan of the Australian artist's Night Thinker EP.

Next thing she knows Holmes is walking into a bar near the venue and Shark is standing there thinking 'Holy s ...!'

"She was the sweetest person ever, telling me how much she was looking forward to the show while I am texting everyone in my team that Katie Holmes was in fact standing right in front of me and needs backstage passes and you better put her in a good spot," Shark said, laughing.

"This had not happened to any of us before and everyone was freaking out, with my husband Shane having to usher her through the venue.

"I could see her during the whole show and I was verging on just playing to Katie all night."

Shark has already toured America four times in the past year and will be back again as she sets up the release of her debut album within the next four months.

She has also been confirmed to perform at Splendour in the Grass in July.

Shark said she remains grateful every day that Night Thinker has finally opened the doors which had been slammed shut for her for so many years.

She believes her fans connected with not only her genre-busting indie pop sound but the deeply personal and honest lyrics.

"It might have just been time for that kind of truth, truth in vocal, in music and meaning, someone who isn't holding anything back. With Adore I was fearless because I just didn't know if anyone would ever hear it," she said.



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